Quality characteristics

Here are some characteristics often used to describe an athlete:

  • Drive.
  • Discipline.
  • Competitiveness.
  • Self-confidence.
  • Focus.
  • Commitment.
  • Raw talent.

One characteristic I’ve found myself in need of as an athlete is vulnerability.  

I started back in the pool this week working with my coach.  Swimming is a finely tuned sport that if you don’t use it you loose it. And I definitely lost it. I found myself floundering in the pool and being corrected, what felt like after every set. It’s hard to take critiquing when you feel like you had everything down packed last training cycle. It’s hard to open your mind and your heart to being corrected when you know what you’re “supposed” to be doing. It’s hard to hear you’re doing something wrong. 

So half way through my workout I stopped myself from “knowing everything” and just opened my ears, mind and hear and listened. I accepted that I was not an expert and that I needed critiquing to be a better swimmer. I needed to be open…vulnerable. 

We hire coaches to get us to that next level, but if we are too hard headed, closed or a know-it-all we won’t see the potential we have as an athlete and we will never succeed.  If I’m not vulnerable to my coaches critique and knowledge I know I’ll plateau lower than my own expectations.  Some atheletes don’t need this quality they can be successful without being vulnerable. I however will need it, along with all the other characteristics. 

Until the next great adventure!




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